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February 22, 2012

Punisher: War Zone

This is one of those awesomely terrible movies. It’s super cheesy and super gory and pretty dang fun. The fight scenes are way over-the-top. The dialoge is ridiculous. The characters are complete stereotypes. And I couldn’t help but have fun watching. Sheena hated it. Most people would hate it. It’s not something I’d ever watch again, but it was just silly and crazy enough for me to enjoy.


I saw this because I’m excited for The Avengers later this year, and wanted to make sure I saw all of the individual character movies first. This is no Iron Man. Or even The Incredible Hulk. I wasn’t a big fan of Captain America, so this might squeeze by as better than that. The special effects were good, but the movie was a little too cheesy in my opinion. It did have Natalie Portman, so that helped. Worth checking out, but nothing special.

Oranges and Sunshine

This is a true story about a social worker who finds out about a UK government scandal where they take poor kids from their homes, tell the parents their kids have been adopted (offering them a better life), and then send them to Australia and Canada to work. Crazy, right? And it’s really interesting at first. But it just goes on and on and on. Although it’s a wild story, it’s very slow and very long and not exciting in the slightest. But Emily Watson is great.


A nutso Errol Morris documentary about a girl who falls in love with a Mormon, he leaves for his mission, and she goes and finds him and kidnaps him to snap him out of his being “brainwashed.” Yeah. It’s crazy. A huge part of the movie is actual, recent interviews with the girl (now older lady), and her side of the story. Which is really hard to believe because, well, she’s nuts. Definitely worth checking out if you like documentaries and can find it.


I don’t like baseball. I did like this movie. Not sure it’s Oscar worthy, but with all the other nominated crap this year, might as well stick it in there. Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill were great. It was a little long and started to lose me at the end, but I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would.

We Need To Talk About Kevin

This movie is messed up. The storytelling is nonlinear, so it’s pretty confusing until you figure out what’s going on. And it’s very dark and creepy. I actually really liked it, but I don’t think most people would. The story follows a mother dealing with a child who’s legit crazy, and how it affects her life. It’s not at all a happy movie. Ever. There are great performances, though. And it was nice to see something way different than most movies these days.

Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills

A friend of mine from college told me I should check out this trilogy, which was started in the early 90’s, and finally finished just last year. I’ve yet to watch part three, although I know pretty much what happens, but I’m looking forward to it. The film’s about the murder of three eight-year-old boys, and the three teens arrested for the crime. It’s a crazy story, and really (REALLY) hard to watch, but it asks a lot of questions about our justice system and how people can be unfairly tried. The first movie deals with the arrest and initial trials of the young men.

Paradise Lost 2: Revelations 

The second movie deals with the appeal trials and new evidence found. At this point, the boys have been in prison for 5 years. Because of the controversy with the camera crew being given so much access to the original trials, they aren’t allowed inside the courtroom this time around. Although not quite as good as the first, we learn more and find out that a lot of things were overlooked 5 years prior. Again, I’m looking forward to watching the “conclusion.”


4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 22, 2012 5:53 pm

    I’ve been wanting to watch the Paradise Lost docs for a while now; going to put in my Netflix queue when I get home. Thanks!


  2. February 24, 2012 5:43 pm

    Didn’t know you had a blog, Casey! Thor? Seriously, all I can think about is the Conan skit. Know what I am talking about?

    • February 24, 2012 5:47 pm

      haha, yes. so funny.

      i’ve been blogging since 2001 in some form of fashion.
      going back and reading the early stuff is funny.
      i go through spurts. right now, i’m in a movie review spurt.

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